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Twitter chief Jack Dorsey promises new measures to tackle violent & sexual messages on the platform

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has promised that the platform will be stronger in how it deals with unwanted sexual misconduct and messages around violence following the #womenboycotttwitter movement that saw its users silence themselves for a day.

Dorsey tweeted a series of eight messages to recognize the movement and promise more action. His response followed the silencing of actress Rose McGowan, one of the accusers of Hollywood mogul Harvey Wienstein, who faces numerous accusations of sexual misconduct.

Twitter censored McGowan’s account for a number of hours last week, and then claimed that it was because she broke its rules by sending out a telephone number. This sparked anger amongst its community who saw it as Twitter acting against McGowan, having faced many claims of ignoring the plight of users in the past.

Without explaining how he planned to take action, Dorsey promised the group that Twitter would be responsive in future and that the changes would be implemented in the coming weeks.